The spacious College Library is an important resource centre, primarily intended to provide undergraduate readers with the books they need for their studies. There is also a separate Law Library with a valuable and increasing collection of legal works. Christ Church Library contains what is probably the largest and richest collection of early printed books and manuscripts in Oxford after the Bodleian Library. Its holdings are of international importance and are particularly rich in music, theology, classics, travel books, numismatics, early science, medicine and Hebrew studies.
This exhibition, curated by Cristina Neagu, together with Rowena Archer and David Rundle, highlights the process of creating new books during the period of transition from manuscript to print. Particular attention is drawn to the materials, tools, styles of script and types used by scribes and miniaturists on the one hand and the first printers on the other.
As the exibition features a fully functional 'one-pull press', Christ Church Upper Library also offers a series of workshops on the history of early printing.
Monday, 28 October 2013 at 3.00 pm 5.15 pm
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 10.30 am
Monday, 25 November 2013, at 5.15 pm
a publication documenting and interpreting aspects of the collection
ISSN 1756-6797 (Print), ISSN 1756-6800 (Online).
Contents this issue:
♦ Walter Porter and the 'Duplicity of Duplicates'
♦ Cataloguing Music at the Bodleian - Past, Present and Future
♦ On Plans for Cataloguing the Oxford Music School Collection
♦ Creating Online Access to Manuscript Pages
♦ Fell's Friends and the Sheldonian Press
♦ Binding Stories and HYP Pamphlets
♦ Surface Cleaning and Conservation
♦ Monk Students and Their Books - Worcester Cathedral and Oxford in the Middle Ages
♦ Recovering the Past - Gaudy Speech by the Librarian on 23rd June 1971
♦ Lost Libraries - The Story of an Arabic Manuscript
♦ On Stories, Projects for the Future and the Arabian Nights Exhibition in Paris
♦ Nicolas Cantilupe, Thomas Hearne and the Forthcoming Catalogue of Medieval Manuscripts
♦ Encounters of the Third Kind - Engraved Gems and the Classical Tradition
Among the contributors: John Milsom, Martin Holmes, Jonathan Wainwright, Julia Craig McFeely, John Wing, Dave Stumpp, David Morison, Tamsin Rowe, Alina Nachescu, Anne Joyard, Elodie Bouffard, David Rundle and Cristina Neagu.
Letters and memoranda exchanged during the war, both between Viscount Portal, Churchill and the principal RAF commanders. This collection presents those wartime papers which Portal had collated and subsequently bequeathed to his former college in Oxford. Detailed lists of contents are available online.
Please note that visiting readers will not necessarily be able to access the library's wifi network. Readers from other academic institutions should be able to use Eduroam (please ensure that this is set up before you leave your home institution). Anyone else who knows he/she will require internet access should inform us of this in advance of a visit.
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You will also be invited to attend a College Library induction and The Bodleian runs undergraduate inductions for the subject specialist libraries.